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Publisher's Summary

Amelia Peabody, archaeologist and woman extraordinaire, should have greeted the approaching excavation with transports of joy. Nothing in the world could compare with exploring the muddy, musty corridors of some bat-infested pyramid. And at Dahshoor, to which she was headed, there existed some particularly fine specimens. But Amelia, accompanied by her quixotic husband Emerson and Ramses, their elusive son, feels an awful, nameless foreboding as she stands upon the decks of the ship that bears them across waters of the Mediterranean towards Egypt.
Perhaps it has something to do with what transpired the last time they investigated the ruins of the Black Pyramid. On that infamous occasion they came face-to-face with Sethos, that chameleon-like villain otherwise known as The Master Criminal. While successful in depriving this "genius of crime" of his ill-gotten treasure, they were thwarted in their attempts to capture him. He escaped into the night like a wily serpent, revenge embroidered upon his countenance.
It is inevitable that The Master Criminal should come face-to-face with the inimitable Amelia Peabody again, but this time it is not antiquities he is after, but Amelia herself!
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©1986 Elizabeth Peters (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Bursting with surprises, a sheer delight" (Publishers Weekly)
"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." (Philadelphia Enquirer)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Coffee Lover on 11-24-05

A Delicious Confection

This series is a true delight. I have read all of the books, twice - but Barbara Rosenblat brings out every nuance and makes the audio books even more enjoyable. The characters come to life with her skillful narration. While these books are certainly full of suspense, they are so funny you will laugh out loud. As a bonus, Elizabeth Peters' PhD in Egyptology enables her to give credibility to her characters' adventures and lets her audience glimpse the Egypt that tourists do not see. Bet you can't listen to just one!

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5 out of 5 stars
By C. Telfair on 06-24-12

Love that Sethos!

This is a fun entry in the series. Elizabeth Peters has a talent for creating characters who the reader cannot wait to encounter time after time! Fortunately, she usually obliges and brings back the good guys! And here we have many of our favorites returning.

Barbara Rosenblat has become THE voice of Amelia Peabody and company. Count me among fans who look forward to her narration as much as we look forward to the next Amelia!

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robin Dunster on 07-31-14


Would you listen to Lion in the Valley again? Why?

The Amelia Peabody Series is always good for light entertainment and worth revisiting from time to time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lion in the Valley?

Exchanges between Peabody and her precocious offspring.

What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Barbara Rosenblat's narration is exceptional. She captures the characters with great humour and versatility.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Victorian mystery laced with humour.

Any additional comments?

This was my first Peabody experience. Now I have gone back to Book 1 and am working my way through the series. A great way to share afternoons with a friend while drinking coffee !

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By linda j saunders on 02-07-17

Good lighthearted entertainment

Most enjoyable as have all of this series I have listened to so far, looking forward to the next

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